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Last year we had a massive haul of apples from next door's garden, so I googled recipes for apples and came across an apple brandy recipe, according to another instructables member BentSticks, it is similar to "apple pie, a common moonshine cocktail" in America. Now I am not a major fan of brandy, it's okay on a cold night or when I have a cold, but this recipe makes brandy taste gorgeous, be aware it disappears fast, this was the most favoured and coveted homemade present from last year and I have been instructed to make it again and lots of it! Once the brandy you will be left with the apple mixture, I hate wastage so I added my strain fruit to the Christmas pudding mixture and it was the best Christmas pudding my family have ever made, but it would also be perfect to add to cakes or heated up and eaten with ice cream.

I got this recipe somewhere off the almighty internet but tweaked it to my own tastes, I like sweet things but the original recipe was too sweet for me, so the main thing I changed was the amount of sugar, so it is a good idea to think about how big your sweet tooth is before trying this. Also the amount of dry white wine you use is based on how sweet you like it, the white takes the sugary edge off. I also apologise for the lack of pictures, I forgot to use my camera whilst making it, I shall however, add pictures as it does its thing over the months.

Step 1: Picking your apples

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Quick note about going out to pick apples, make sure you are not pinching them, nobody likes being chased by farmers (my childhood in a nut shell). So you want red apples, I suppose you could use cooking apples but you would need much more sugar, it is always a good idea to make a taste first so you know the sweetness of the apples.

Anyway, they are best picked from the tree, but I would recommend having a look at the fallen apples just to see if there are any good ones, some have minimal damage from wasps etc. and that part of the apple can be cut off. Also warning, there will always be better apples just out of your reach, it is the way of the world, if you can't get them they become very tempting, be careful it is very easy to overstretch and hurt yourself. If you really don't want to be beaten by your height, get an apple picker.

Once you have your apples I like to submerge them in water for about 20 minutes just so any bugs or worms come out without you being surprised by them later, bleurg!

MarybethM61 year ago
What measurement is cl? 40-60cl?
PatriciaB54 years ago

Hi again Bent Sticks, Sorry, I am 78 yrs. old and I have CRS. I could not remember the moonshine name you said I was going to make sorry.... Sure am happy to have found this page because you folks are great with all the information on the different liquors. Patriciais78

egladwell (author)  PatriciaB54 years ago

Sorry about the late reply. Originally when I wrote up this recipe for apple brandy I thought that in the States it was called apple jack, but Bentsticks kindly pointed out that my recipe for apple brandy is not the same as the American 'apple jack' which is more like a hard cider. Hope this helps.

PatriciaB54 years ago

Hi Bent Sticks Please tell me that I AM going to make what you said the apple mixture was going to do.... Thank you....

SparkySolar4 years ago

great I d love to try it

egladwell (author)  SparkySolar4 years ago

Mine has one more month to go, I shall put pictures up when it's ready, can't wait, I think waiting is the hardest bit.

Chakazuluu5 years ago

When you say "60cl of Brandy" what does "cl" mean?

egladwell (author)  Chakazuluu5 years ago

cl means centilitiers, there are 10 ml (mililiters) in a centilitier. So 600mls. Hope that helps?

Okay you live in the UK & you guys measure things differently than we do in the US - no I don't understand but I will look it up on the Internet rather than bother you for more info - thank you for your prompt answer...

Here is how I think of it:

60cl = 600ml = 1 big pint (slightly more than half a quart) or about 2 1/2 cups. Think of a 20oz bottle of soda.

A "fifth" of whiskey is 1/5 of a gallon, which is about 750ml and is how whiskey is often sold in America, this is slightly bigger - maybe 24oz. Also, wine is sold by the fifth. The exception is moonshine, which is usually (almost always) sold by the quart.

So the 60cl is smaller than a fifth, but bigger than a pint.

America does use ml, but it does not ever use cl (at least I have never seen it used.)

Also, UK doesn't recognize a "cup" - they say "depends on how big the cup is".

Thanks I got it now...

egladwell (author)  stoobers4 years ago

You are so right, I am constantly having to convert recipes from cups into ounces, thank the lord for the internet I say.

egladwell (author)  Chakazuluu5 years ago

There is a lot left lost in translation when it comes to UK and US measurements, I agree, I have the same trouble when all the recipes talk about cups, I work in ounces damn it. Hopefully if you google it you can convert it into a measurement you use.

BentSticks5 years ago
Not the same as apple jack. Apple jack is hard cider distilled by either vapor or freeze distillation. This is more like apple pie, a common moonshine cocktail here in the states. Thanks for sharing!
egladwell (author)  BentSticks5 years ago

Thanks, it's nice to know what Apple Jack is, sounds yummy. I shall make the amendments :-D

mkartsevich5 years ago
waiting for Christmas))) thanks!
egladwell (author)  mkartsevich5 years ago

Looks great, can't wait for you to taste it! :D

i'm assuming it ferments a little while in that cool dark space?

egladwell (author)  Joe Petrocks5 years ago

I am not sure, it doesn't seem to make too much extra fluid, but then a lot of the fluid gets caught in with the fruit. I think it just flavours the brandy more than anything. Hope this helps.

seamster5 years ago

Nice! Thanks for sharing this.